Decision details

Purchase of Neighbourhoods Welfare Units

Decision Maker: Director Environment

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


During the Covid-19 pandemic to date, the Council has successfully managed Covid-safe workplaces for operational staff, following national legislation and sector-specific guidance.

A recent review carried out by Property in consultation with Senior Operations management identified a requirement to provide extra canteen/breakout space for staff and site operatives at working depots where 'social distancing' cannot be supported by existing facilities, during the colder, wetter weather conditions to come in the Autumn and Winter.
Existing breakout / kitchenettes do not allow for the number of staff using them and it is recognised that under health, safety and welfare duties, extra units need to provided at 6 key site locations, which have been assessed for external space and necessary services connections.
• Midland Road Depot, Bath
• Ashmead Road Depot, Keynsham
• Keynsham Recycling Centre
• Radstock Road Depot, Midsomer Norton
• RVP Nursery, Bath
• Cleansing Depot, Locksbrook Road, Bath


To approve £183k for Neighbourhoods Welfare Units to be funded from the Corporate Capital Contingency budget on an urgency basis, to enable purchase and installation of extra welfare units for frontline operational staff over the Winter period 2020/21, required due to the Covid pandemic.
Reports were approved through the Recovery Board and the Capital Strategy Group for this decision.

Alternative options considered:

A comparison with the hire of suitable units was carried out and estimated to be higher cost on direct timescale comparison basis. In addition, purchase allows greater flexible both for uncertain of duration of pandemic and retention for future depot projects.

Publication date: 05/10/2020

Date of decision: 01/10/2020